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2014
Noon
'Eclipse'
McLaren Vale

2014
Noon
'Eclipse'
McLaren Vale

This year's Eclipse is produced from 90% Grenache, 3% Shiraz and 7% Graciano, all grown at McLaren Vale on the Winery Block, Almond Block and BJ’s Block. The Noon Eclipse is usually quite high in alcohol because it is produced from Grenache grapes from low yielding vines. We do not set out with the aim of making a wine of high (or low) alcohol. Our desire rather is to harvest fully ripe fruit which best express the flavour of the grapes and the site.

The wine is matured in small 300 litre French and American oak barrels and large (Foudre and demi-muid sized) oak casks for 18 months. There is only a small percentage of new oak used (about 5-10%) normally just for maturing the Shiraz portion of the wine. The grapes are picked by hand and fermentation takes place in small open vats with manual pigeage, to help extract colour and tannins. Pressing is also done by hand, using small basket presses which are gentle and do not extract too much bitterness or astringency. Noon Eclipse is grown, made and bottled on the estate.

It has a lovely aroma combining perfumed fruit and earth scents in a way which is quite compelling. The wine tastes very full bodied and concentrated and yet there is remarkable restraint and balance too. Firm tannins provide an authoritative finish.

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 90% Grenache, 3% Shiraz and 7% Graciano
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Vineyard: Winery Block, Almond Block and BJ’s Block
  • Soil Type: BJ's Block (Light Sandy Loam with Quartz over Clay) - Winery Block (Sandy Loam over Heavy Clay with Riddled Gravel) - Almond Block (Gravel & Sand over Clay)
  • Oak: 18 months in small 300 litre French and American oak barrels and large (Foudre and demi-muid sized) oak casks (5-10% new)
  • Production: 500 cases
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MCLAREN VALE

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »

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